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jack-in-the-pulpit

[ jak-in-thuh-poo l-pit, -puhl- ]
/ ˈdʒæk ɪn ðəˈpʊl pɪt, -ˈpʌl- /
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noun, plural jack-in-the-pul·pits.

A North American plant, Arisaema triphyllum, of the arum family, having an upright spadix arched over by a green or striped purplish-brown spathe.

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Nearby words

jack-by-the-hedge, jack-go-to-bed-at-noon, jack-in-office, jack-in-the-box, jack-in-the-green, jack-in-the-pulpit, jack-knife, jack-o'-lantern, jack-of-all-trades, jack-tar, jack-the-lad

Origin of jack-in-the-pulpit

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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jack-in-the-pulpit


noun

an E North American aroid plant, Arisaema triphyllum, having a leaflike spathe partly arched over a clublike spadix
British another name for cuckoopint
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